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2015 - MEKONG RIVER in LAOS, five days in Luang Prabang

Waiting in LP for the Mekong Sun river boat for a short cruise on the Mekong River


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Getting to Luang Prabang from Yangon was fairly easy .. a connection in Bangkok, which is becoming very familiar

Here is the view from across the road from my hotel .. not too shabby.

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then a left turn & a walk along the river looking for a spot to have a quiet sit down & a beer .. past the little park ..

& into the restaurant with this as the view .. the river on the left is the Mekong ,, the one in the foreground is a tributary.

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Maybe I will cross the bridge .. later ..

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instead I finish my beer & keep walking but alongside the Mekong now...

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A left turn & I head up alleyways into town ..

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Nice flowers & a Pagoda or two . . of course

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It was quite wet while I was here & I was struck by the number of people who drive motorbikes & hold umbrellas

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The ICON Klub .. closed now but maybe I will try it of an evening.

Looks a nice little town .. very clean .. people are more reserved than Myanmar .. not so many smiles or hellos but friendly enough

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I have five days here until my river boat takes me out on the Mekong . . . so still time for a look around town .. I have taken the road outside the hotel & turned right this time .. along the river that runs into the Mekong.

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Pop into the market for a bite to eat ..

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I am going to cross over the river now .. nice safe bridge.

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That is lovely little restaurant . . set into the trees, it cascades down the hill towards the river.

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Back across the river .. another lovely restaurant with a great view over the river

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Another pleasant evening stroll round town ..

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and the sun goes down on the Mekong ..

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ladies selling lottery tickets ..

I am going to take the ferry across the Mekong .. a bit of a mix-up paying for the ride . . the guy got the idea I was with the only other foreigner on board & I ended up paying for him too .. never mind . . it was only a dollar or two.

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A nicely paved road to walk along .. . .

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Time for a sit down here & a quiet beer . . this side of the river is not so pristine as the Luang Prabang side .. I wonder if there is any tourist accommodation over here.

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At the ferry where the captain sorted out my fare mix-up .. nice of him. .. he could have just ignored me.

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looking back at the girls working hard

& a nice little vegetable patch ..

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Up very early today to see the monks gathering alms .. something very touristy here in Luang Prabang but the locals participate too ..

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Monks gather in the grounds of monasteries ..

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There are many people selling food to donate to the monks ..

And tourists making donations ..

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And locals.

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That's goodbye to Luang Prabang for a week while I cruise the river on the Mekong Star.

Posted by hasbeen 15:05 Archived in Laos Comments (2)

2015 - SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA - BOROBUDUR, Indonesia

A World Heritage Site that I had never heard of .. INDONESIA .. Full of surprises

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More dancing ladies, this time welcoming MS Minerva to the closest port to BOROBUDUR ..

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& off we go .. with a pit stop on the way.

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The first day I got on the Minerva, practically the first person I see is a woman who was on the cruise I took before this one .. it was in Greece & Turkey. I could not believe it .. on that cruise she was the most obnoxious person I have ever met on a cruise .. amazed is an understatement.

I managed to steer clear of her on this cruise, until today .. getting off the bus in BOROBUDUR. she almost knocked over an elderly man in her rush to get ahead. Still obnoxious .. nothing changed there then.

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Some people compare BOROBUDUR to Angkor Wat & they are both a bit on the spectacular side,

This is the view in the opposite direction.

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Much of this place is restored .

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The steps were very steep .. One guide had taken the majority of the group & four of us slowpokes were left with the other & two of those disappeared so two of us had a private tour .. very nice. And I did not have too much climbing to do either.

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Posers every way you look ..

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A short walk brought me out of the complex & to this place looking like it is set for a wedding .. but no . . it is for our meal.

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We are going to be entertained while we eat ... .

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This is one of the ladies I ate with on the boat .. usually only 4 or five of us.

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This is two of the others .. a pleasant couple. There were a few nice people on this cruise but there were far too many snooty, stuck up people for my liking ..

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Some county scenery on the way home to the ship

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I enjoyed this itinerary but not the majority of passengers .. the Philippino crew were great as usual but the officers left a lot to be desired .. food was about the worst I have had afloat . . .I am not surprised that they are no longer in business.

We were supposed to get one more stop . . at an exclusive island but it was cancelled due to the weather & we carried on to Singapore. On arrival there, I had a very early flight to Vietnam & the start of three river cruises

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I wonder who I know in Smith Falls Ontario?

Posted by hasbeen 17:54 Archived in Indonesia Comments (0)

2005 - NCL SPIRIT - MIAMI TO LOS ANGELES

A TRANSIT of the PANAMA CANAL


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FOR MY FIRST EVER CRUISE

I have chosen a fairly ambitious one, EIGHTEEN DAYS from Miami to Los Angeles - California.

A lady at work who has cruised, immediately lets me know that I probably will not like it.
Too long she says.
Start with a short one.
Three days, a week at most.
You are gonna get seasick etc etc & on & on.

Forget It. Seasick or no .. I am going on this cruise.

The itinerary looks good. Miami - Barbados - Grenada - Aruba - Transit the Panama Canal - Costa Rica - Mexico & debark in Los Angeles, California.

After exiting the canal we will be within about seven degrees of the Equator. Too bad we do not cross - later.

A nice sprinkling of sea days and shore time.

I have no recollection of why this particular cruise, or indeed this cruise line, or ship. No great expectations on my part. Without many preconceived ideas about life aboard ship.

I have never visited any of these places before & the Panama Canal must have played a part in it, but it was probably the price. Don't recall that either but it could not have been outrageous for this here skinflint.

Should be fun, hope so.

Anyway - on with the cruise

First the spectacular flight into Miami - What a wonderful sight that is

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This is my first experience of travelling with a cruise line & I am impressed. There were a couple of NCL reps at the airport, directing traffic & they quickly had me on the bus.

While we were waiting for the bus to fill up, the driver was telling us - "there's no point us heading straight for the ship as we are early & there will be line-ups out the door. Why don't we go to the shopping center & wait around there for a bit. He will pick us up later & take us to the ship."

This guy must think I'm a rube, just got off the plane from Canada.

Has to be a set up for a 'Shopping Experience' - right?

Wrong - As it happens, we go to a really nice place, right by the water. There are shops & restaurants here, but no hard sell,

I spend a very pleasant hour & a half here, get back on the bus & drive over the bridge to the massive Miami Cruise Ship terminal & my first sighting of the NORWEGIAN SPIRIT.

GETTING ON BOARD

I know - I should have had my camera ready for that first sighting.
This thing looks BIG.
By current standards it is actually quite small as it only caters for 2,018 double occupancy. I am on my own so make that 2,017.

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I did a tour of the ship & this is a really daft thing to say, but when I was on deck, I was struck by how 'solid' it felt underfoot.

The interior of the ship looks very nice .... if a little bright.

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I have been on a lot of cruise ships now & this remains one of my favourite rooms on any of them. They all have a sweeping view of the ocean over the bow but this one seems to be a cut above somehow.

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The main dining room, aft.

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I get introduced to the two most important people on the ship who are going to keep my cabin spotless for the next little while.

Very cheerful.

Always with smiling hellos & goodbyes.

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First up is BARBADOS

A long way from Miami, a couple of sea days to get my sea legs - I like it already.

I have a ships tour, booked before leaving home. It's a bus ride across the island and back.

To the highest point...

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And Harrison's caves. This is a great place to visit if you like caves.

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Next is GRENADA

Recently hit by a hurricane with damage quite visible

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& the people anxious to make ends meet by getting a dollar or two from the tourist.

This shot cost five dollars, each.

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I handed my camera to a young guy standing nearby and asked if he would take our photo. Another 5 bucks for him. On looking back, giving my camera to a stranger like that was pretty brainless. It would have served me right if he had walked off with it.

He didn't.

Another guy got very aggressive with me when I did not give him anything, even though he did not do anything for it. Said I was not very humble. Later he stood on the step of our bus & serenaded us with a nasty little song about tourists visiting his island. He's not going to get too rich behaving like that.

The girls had the right idea. Dress up for the day. Smile, be pleasant & gentle. Hope they made lots of cash.

Another stop was for a tour of a Nutmeg processing plant. This was an eye opening experience. I felt uncomfortable about taking photos although the guide said it was ok. Inside it was dark & dusty. Ladies sitting up high, sorting & doing whatever is needed. Looks like very hard work in very uncomfortable conditions for not much in the way of wages.
I bought a bag of Nutmeg for gifts when I got home. Nobody knew what to do with it.

A view of the main town

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ARUBA is next

and it's time for a glass bottomed boat trip. But first a ride across the island to the famous natural arch. Aruba is mostly flat so it made sense to stop on the way at this small mound on the plain, & climb to the top for a 360 degree view.
Except I could not stand up when I got to the top. Never experienced anything like it before or since. Extreme vertigo I expect. I could not look at the horizon. Got to the bottom & was perfectly fine again.

Bizarre.

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The famous Arch . . I might be dreaming to say I heard it has fallen down

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Some goats

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Now it's time for the boat trip & while I was not to fussed with the idea of being below the water line, I was so captivated looking at all the fish I forgot to worry.

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Passed this guy on the way back to the ship

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This was my first time in Aruba & I have been back since but still do not have any photos of those pretty pastel coloured houses

Going to transit the PANAMA CANAL in a bit. It's an interesting thing to do & the canal is such a huge accomplishment but I prefer the locks here in Ottawa. Much more compact.

I had a minor mis-hap here.
After taking a couple of pictures I wanted to get a shot from a higher vantage point. There was a pretty girl up on a stanchion taking pics so I handed her my camera. When it came back to me the cover would not work properly so I am now without a camera - INSIDE THE PANAMA CANAL - oh woe is me!
I want a new camera & forget why but all the shops on board are closed - disappointment!
Heading outdoors, there are stalls set up on deck selling - cameras! Whoopee!
After lots more shots I head to the theater to enjoy the show & next day realise I have left my new camera there. Major disappointment!
But - amazingly, some kind soul has dropped it off an reception.

Whoopee!

This of the Canal....

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That's the one the girl took for me before my camera broke. The bridge holding North & South America together is in the background.

That's all for you. I am here again in a few years time & got some much better shots. Digital, all these are prior to digital, whatever that was.

Puntarenas Costa Rica is next on the agenda ..Going for a boat ride on the Tarcoles River

May see something exotic here with a bit of luck but with my little throw away camera I will not be able to zoom in on them. We'll see,,

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Huatalco is a place in Mexico south of Acapulco

that the map on this site has difficulty finding. It's a very nice place for a visit. Just getting going as a tourist destination when I was here.

Off on another little boat trip. Can you see a pattern developing here? Off one boat & onto another.

Going dow the coast. No idea what there is to see.

That's odd. Only one photo downloaded. I will go back & see where they are later.

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Meanwhile, I have now moved on to Acapulco

Most people will have heard of the guys cliff diving here nut I did not see any. A couple of girls on board were kind enough to send me a picture of them but I cannot find them.

I did get to go to the castle

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which is right opposite the ship.

Walk up to the cliff diving - where no one was diving.

Haggle with a Taxi driver for a ride round the bay to Senor Frogs bar for a beer & back to the ship. He then dropped my off at the ship & I learned the negotiation was for the price to the bar, not back to the ship. Well - he was out of luck cos I had no more cash. There was a bit of an argument but he gave up when I tripped over getting out the Taxi & people came over to help me. He got enough money from me anyway, I think.
The cab was one of hundreds that are all very old VW beetles.

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California & a welcome to the HOTEL CALIFORNIA, if there's any room

We have to take a tender ashore. Not my favourite part of cruising. They squeeze a lot of folks in there but it's a lifeboat so we should be ok. Right?

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We stopped at this place which you might take to be a garden but which is actually a restaurant. Nice.

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At the end of the cruise in Los Angeles. The famous California Highway patrol

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Goodbye to some of the staff.

The first girl is Nenette from the Philipines. I have since been with her crossing the Atlantic & to Bermuda & more recently from Quebec to Tampa. What are the odds of that? Different ships & different itineraries. There are 2 other girls who I have come across on different ships. I half expect it on the same ship, but surprising on different ones.

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I liked this ship & the length of cruise. Enough sea days to relax between jaunts ashore. Good people. The food is very well done & I like how Norwegian have this no set seating for meals. I often got to sit with different people which suited me fine.
All in all, I really enjoyed it.

And that's it for my first cruise.

A great experience but would I want to do anymore?

Why not.

Posted by hasbeen 18:02 Archived in USA Tagged transit_panama_canal Comments (0)

2006 - CENTRAL COSTA RICA

A SHORT TRIP TO SEE A PART OF COSTA RICA THAT IS NOT ON AN OCEAN

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I WAS ON A CRUISE IN 2005 THAT CALLED IN ON THE WEST COAST OF COSTA RICA

AND I LIKED WHAT I SAW, SO I TOOK THIS TRIP TO SEE WHAT THE CENTRAL PART LOOKS LIKE.

YEARS LATER I WILL GET TO THE CARIBBEAN COAST TOO.

THIS IS MY FIRST TIME OUT WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA AND THERE WILL BE SOME EXPERIMENTATION WITH IT.
VERY SURPRISED NOW AS TO HOW FEW SHOTS I TOOK.
MUST HAVE STILL BEEEN IN FILM MODE.

THESE DAYS I TAKE THOUSANDS OF SNAPS.

THE HOTEL IS IN OTAGO, A FEW HOURS BY CAR FROM THE CAPITAL, SAN JOSE. IT IS VERY BASIC BUT CLEAN & COMFORTABLE. RUN BY A GERMAN COUPLE, OR MAYBE SWISS.

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OTAGO IS A VERY SMALL TOWN. THE BIGGEST THING IN IT IS THE KIDS PLAYING FIELD.

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A VIEW FROM THE BALCONY OUTSIDE MY ROOM....

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IN TOWN THERE ARE A FEW TAXIS AND I FOUND ONE WILLING TO TAKE ME UP A TO PAOS VOLCANO. WE PASSED SOME LOVELY SCENERY ON THE WAY .....

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MY THOUGHTS AS WE LABOURED UP TO THE TOP WAS THAT I WAS NOT GOING TO SEE ANYTHING AS WE SEEMED TO BE CONSTANTLY INSIDE A CLOUD.

BUT JUST AFTER WE STOPPED THE CLOUD BROKE & AFTER A SHORT WALK, CAME ACROSS THIS ....

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THEN THE CLOUD ROLLED BACK AND WE LEFT..

I MUST TRY TO REMEMBER THAT VISITS TO VOLCANO'S MAY BE OBSCURED BY CLOUDS.

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THE CLOUDS ROLLED AWAY THE LOWER WE CAME ....

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I HAD NOT ASKED THE DRIVER ( HE DID NOT SPEAK ENGLISH & I DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH ) ANYTHING OTHER THAN TO VISIT THE VOLCANO BUT HE STOPPED AT THESE RUINS ANYWAY.

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AND A DAM .... NOT EXACTLY THE HOOVER BUT NICE ENOUGH

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AT THE HOTEL I WAS VISITED BY A FEW BIRDS INCLUDING HUMMNGBIRDS ....

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THIS IS A RESTAURANT I USED MOST DAYS. IT WAS ALWAYS ALMOST EMPTY.
THERE WAS NOT TOO MANY PLACES TO EAT HERE.
THIS ONE, THE HOTEL WAS FOR BREAKFAST AND A COUPLE OF VERY SMALL BARS IN THE CENTER.

NOT A LIVELY PLACE.

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I NEXT WANTED TO GO TO A NATIONAL PARK . MY TAXI DRIVER WAS NOT AVAILABLE SO I ASKED ANOTHER IF HE SPOKE ENGLISH WHICH HE DID NOT .. AND HE WAS EXTREMELY SURLY ABOUT IT.

I TRIED HIM WITH MY ALMOST NON-EXISTENT SPANISH & IT WAS LIKE CLICKING A SWITCH. HE INSTANTLY BECAME VERY FRIENDLY. WE SETTLED ON A PRICE & OFF WE WENT. HOPEFULLY I WOULD GET BACK. THE PLACE WE WERE HEADING TO IS WAY OFF IN THE JUNGLE.

NOW I GET TO EXPERIMENT. THREE SHOTS FROM THE SAME PLACE OF THE SAME THING ... A WATERFALL

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EXTRAVAGANT FLOWERS .....

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ME ... AND A GECKO ....

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AND IT'S TIME TO HEAD HOME.

I STOPPED IN ON SAN JOSEE FOR A NIGHT ON THE WAY AND THE TOUR COMPANY NEGLECTED TO PICK ME UP IN THE MORNING FOR THE RIDE TO THE AIRPORT. I MENTIONED IT TO THE TRAVEL AGENT & ABOUT A WEEK LATE GOT A CHEQUE FOR THE CAB FARE.
A NICE TOUCH..

I MUST HAVE BEEN VERY MUCH OUT OF SEASON TO HAVE SO FEW TOURISTS AROUND & THAT WAS A BONUS.

I WOULD RECOMMEND COSTA RICA BUT THERE IS NOT A LOT OF NEED TO SEE SAN JOSE. IT WOULD HELP A LOT IF YOU HAD SOME SPANISH TOO.

Posted by hasbeen 12:42 Archived in Costa Rica Comments (2)

2006 - NCL WIND - VANCOUVER TO HAWAII

OAHU, MAUI & HAWAII BIG ISLAND

IT'S SAID THERE IS A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING & FOR MY SECOND CRUISE, THIS IS MY FIRST TIME IN HAWAI.

VANCOUVER

I WAS HERE MANY YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS HITCH-HIKING ACROSS CANADA.

THIS TIME I AM FLYING IN...

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I HAVE A VERY VAGUE RECOLLECTION OF SLEEPING ON A BEACH IN VANCOUVER..

MAYBE IT WAS NEAR HERE...

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THIS TIME I AM CRUISING OUT OF THE CITY, PASSING THE LIONS GATE BRIDGE. FOUR OR FIVE DAYS ON THE PACIFIC BEFORE LANDFALL AT HILO ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII.

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GETTING A FEEL FOR THE NORWEGIAN WIND...

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VERY NICE - I THINK I WILL STAY ON..

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THIS LOOKS LIKE A GREAT BREAKFAST SPOT...

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THEY ARE GOING TO BE GIVING HULA LESSONS ON BOARD ... MAYBE I WILL, & MAYBE I WON'T..

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MY FIRST SIGHT OF HAWAII.

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ON TOP OF THE HILL - MOUNT KECK OBSERVATORY MAYBE

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I THINK IT WAS HERE OR MAYBE THE NEXT STOP WHERE I SAW MY FIRST REAL LIVE HULA DANCERS.

THEY WERE DANCING ON THE FLOOR JUST INSIDE THE AIRCRAFT HANGER THAT IS THE SHIPS TERMINAL. I DON'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY PHOTOS SO THEY MUST HAVE BEEN TOO GOOD TO TAKE MY EYES OFF.

MY FIRST TOUR IS A HELICOPTER RIDE OVER WATERFALLS & A VOLCANO.

EXTINCT VOLCANO, I EXPECT..

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... OR MAYBE NOT...

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THEN A RIDE UP THE COAST FOR A WALK DOWN TO THE OCEAN THROUGH A BOTANICAL GARDEN

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LEAVING HAWAII, WE MOVE ON TO MAUI.

FOR MANY PEOPLE, THIS IS THEIR FAVOURITE ISLAND IN THE GROUP BECAUSE IT IS SO SCENIC.

A PITY OUR BOAT TIES UP NEXT TO A SCAP METAL BARGE - RUINS THE EFFECT SOMEWHAT.

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THIS IS THE ROAD TO HANNA TOUR.

MAKES YOU ILL WITH ALL THE TURNS IT DOES.

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A WALK ALONG A BLACK SAND BEACH ... WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT BE AT HANNA..

AND THEN ANOTHER TOUR ( I WENT A LITTLE CRAZY WITH TWO TOURS A DAY AS I NEVER EXPECT TO GET HERE AGAIN )

THIS TIME TO A NATIVE FARM...

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AND NOW FOR A SUNSET BOOZE CRUISE....

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AND BACK TO THE SHIP

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THAT IS ANNA - SHE IS ONE OF AT LEAST THREE GIRLS I HAVE MET ON MULTIPLE SHIPS.
ANNA WAS ON A TRANSATLANTIC CRUISE & A US EAST COAST CRUISE.
HER HUSBAND TRAVELS ON THE SAME SHIP AS HER BUT THEIR BABY STAYS IN THE PHILIPPINES.

A LOT OF THESE GIRLS DO THAT.

NOW I AM OFF THE SHIP & A COUPLE OF DAYS ON OAHU.

WAIKIKI BEACH ....

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DIAMOND HEAD ...

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I TAKE A BUS TO THE NORTH OF THE ISLAND & SPOT AN AD IN A SHOP FOR GLIDER FLIGHTS.

I PHONE THE NUMBER & THE GIRL SAYS THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET TO, BUT AS I HAVE NOT GOT A CAR., SHE WILL COME & PICK ME UP.

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SOUNDS GOOD TO ME .. & THAT'S ME DRIVING THE PLANE .. REALLY - THE PILOT ASKED ME IF I WOULD LIKE HIM TOTAKE MY PICTURE.

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I SAID "I DON'T THINK SO, WHO WILL FLY THE PLANE? "
"YOU WILL".

SO I DID.

WE DID A LOOP-DE-LOOP.
I LET HIM FLY THE PLANE FOR THAT.

WALKED THROUGH THE AUDUBON GARDENS TO THIS WATERFALL.

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AND ON TO A BEACH TO WATCH THE SURFERS.

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I TOOK THAT SHOT UP TO MY KNEES IN THE OCEAN , NOT HAVING SEEN THIS SIGN ON THE WAY IN.

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NOTE TO SELF :- ALWAYS, ALWAYS - CHECK THE SIGNS BEFORE ENTERING THE OCEAN.....

AND BACK TO WAIKIKI.

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Posted by hasbeen 12:42 Archived in USA Tagged pacific_ocean Comments (0)

2007 - CELEBRITY MERCURY - HAWAII to NEW ZEALAND

IT"S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY, BUT A LOT FURTHER TO NEW ZEALAND


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Leaving a cold & snowy Ottawa in November 2007,

Looking like a winter wonderland. It was a very good time to venture south to warmer climes.

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Had to wait for the plane to be de-iced

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but soon away, up and over the US prairies, if that is what they are called outside Canada.

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and then coming in to land at Honolulu. My second time here so not quite so exciting but still very exotic.

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Time ashore before getting on the cruise allowed a quick flit to the North shore, famed for big waves & surfing

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But no surfing today..

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The waves were too big..

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And the cliffs on the east coast. Met my nephew & his future wife who actually live here, silly people.

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My nephew dropped me off at the Celebrity ship, the Mercury for a voyage to New Zealand. Taking in French Polynesia on the way.

This is leaving Honolulu..

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FIRST STOP IS HILO on HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND

I don't know why, but I have no photos from here.

I remember walking the not very nice road into town looking to find a postcard to send.
I did find one but was told by the girl who sold it that they do not sell stamps & the post office is closed. I gave her 10 dollars & asked her to post the card for me on Monday.
And told her I would come back and ask for my money back if the card was not received.

It did arrive - about 2 weeks after I got home.

Good girl

NEXT STOP IS TAHITI

Tahiti - what a name! Just rolls of the tongue. Doesn't everyone have an image of Tahiti in their head?

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A lot of people do not like long ocean voyages. If they do not they should not be on this boat It took 6 days to get here.

I had said they were de-icing the plane when I left & that I still managed to get to Hawaii with plenty of time. That was a good thing. A lot of people were from Montreal & these poor souls missed Honolulu, and embarked in Hilo but their luggage did not catch up to them til Tahiti. Ooops!

This ship has formal nights so I did my James Bond impression, & borrowed Fred's wife

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& and had a Martini.

I asked the barman what the difference is between shaken & stirred
"Well sir, one is Shaken, and one is Stirred"
Very helpful.

He added that one might get more diluted than than other, or one more cold than the other.

Anyway - mine was so big & so strong it lasted from pre-dinner drinks to desert.

Getting here, we had to cross the equator, a first for me.
5 seconds north

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and a 80 seconds south

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And this is what the equator looks like, & no, there is no white line on the ocean.

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And a Squall at sea..

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This guy was either dead or enjoying himself. Either way, I left him there,

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A rainbow in the squall.

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Finally, Papeete, Tahiti

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Where it was raining. I went for a bus ride to Paul Guagin's gallery but he wasn't in so I left

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It was very wet...

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This lady is a nurse from England whose name I forget. We met up for some tours & breakfast occasionally.

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MOOREA

I was a little disappointed with Tahiti. Moorea on the other hand, I liked a lot.

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Local ladies looking very nice on their way to church..

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This little boat was in the process of sailing across the Pacific. A French couple with a young girl of about fourteen.

Quite the adventure for her.

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I went out on a little boat with a Doctor whose specialty is Dolphins.

Naturally, I did not actually get to see any Dolphins, but that is par for the course with me.

A tip - never go on a Whale watch, Dolphin watch or any other sort of watch with me. I am a Jinx for that.

But you might want to have a look at this though, if you like whales.....

Anyway it was a great little boat ride & we did get to see things like this..

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And this view of Tahiti

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More on Moorea later we have moved on to

Bora Bora

What wonderful names. I have wanted to come here since reading James Michener books - Hawaii, Tales from the South Pacific etc.

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Some fish from a glass bottomed boat

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some more fish

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And now another 5 or six days at sea until reaching New Zealand.

so - what to do?

Of course - line dance. What was I thinking?

Here's Fred's wife again, kicking up her heels. And the lady next to her has finally done something other than eat & play Bridge. Like a lot of cruise ship passengers, she plays Bridge. But all the time.

FIrst time I heard about Bridge on board I was disappointed we were to play cards & not tour the Bridge.

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Say goodbye to the crew, a bit early, we don't get off til Auckland

Surprise Valerie. A long time breakfast companion.

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Bay of Islands,

north of Auckland. I went for a ride on this sailing ship

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Is this where the expression 'three sheets to the wind' comes from?

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The nurse was really enjoying this & pulling her weight....

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My favourite occupation - watching people work...

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Here's the nurse again taking over. She asked me to take these photos for her but unfortunately, I never saw her again.

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My favourite barman

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Valerie took these of my sailing ship coming home but missed the cannon going off in salute..

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NOW IN AUCKLAND

Just about to disembark in Auckland.

My ship with the Tower in the background. Come 2011 & I will be in that hotel,,

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Say goodbye to two more breakfast companions, Diana & Peter.

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GreenPeace in the harbour.

A ride on a sailboat out on Auckland harbour. Nice & windy. I decline the offer of steering ..

It's New Zealand & you learn to be careful of the Bungy jumpers .. even on the Ocean ,,,

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I see there is a drug problem here too...

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At Kelly Tarlton's Undersea World, we by-pass the line up & into a snow-cat for a ride to the Antarctic

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Then a visit at the Botanical Gardens.

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Lilies - a favourite of mine. Always look good.

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for yet another final goodbye to Diana & Peter..

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A last look at Auckland from the top of the hill & it's time for the flight to Rotorua, a bit further south, about the middle of North Island

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ROTORUA

Four days here to explore the thermal stuff around about..

It's all over the place .. Formal tourist spots where you pay entrance fees, & local parks & beaches. Even houses making use of the geothermal heat.

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A KIWI - Not real though, a model..

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A sheep shearing demonstration & beauty pageant outside Rotorua

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The MC asks for people of different nationalities to shout out.

US - two people
UK - one person.
NZ - Ten

Korea - & the place erupts - must have been over a hundred....

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Time now for the famous New Zealand sports.....

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Canadian Ice Hockey on TV

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A stop to look at the Lady Grey Geyser erupt ... right on time.

They force it to erupt by putting a little washing up liquid on top. It creates some tension & up pops the Geyser.

Magic

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An unusual looking apartment block & nature taking over a street light

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One of my first memories of New Zealand is the Black Swans on their stamps...

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Howie the Pig Hunter is a member here.

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The back of a bus....

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Some one has a nice spot for their house.....

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Near here is the Rotorua tourist place. I got advice & booked excursions there. Could not have been more helpful & even sent a van to pick me up from the hotel to bring me here to meet the tour bus.

Excellent.

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Make very sure you go round the round-about the correct way.

JET BOAT RIDE AT TAUPO

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The Earth in action

Boiling mud & wonderful colours

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A rather bad little video, best played full screen...

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& back to the lake at Rotorua

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Homeward bound with a stopover in San Francisco

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The hotel in Japan Town was excellent & I was able to walk most places from there.

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We have a spider like that in Ottawa. I should check the artist..

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I have crossed the bay & am now in the very pleasant town of Sausalito

Nuclear & Cholesterol free zones....

And a nice touch with the parking....

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After walking around Sausalito I move out of town a little

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I see this float plane & as luck would have it, there is room for me on a sight seeing flight over the bay.

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After the flight it is a meal at a lovely little restaurant with a view of the city in the distance

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Best not mess with the locals. They carry large weapons...

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A longer stop in Chicago than anticipated - this guy died waiting. I know how he feels

more de-icing. Back to reality.

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A very long trip. I may do it again one day. I love those long days at sea..

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2008 - NCL MAJESTY - CHARLESTON TO BERMUDA

BERMUDA ... EVERYBODY SHOULD GET HERE AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFETIME


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BERMUDA

ANOTHER PLACE THAT HAS HAD MY ATTENTION FOR A LONG TIME.

IN THE 70'S SOMEWHERE, I WAS FRIENDLY WITH A GUY IN ENGLAND ( WE'LL CALL HIM, DAVE ) WHO APPLIED FOR A JOB HERE IN BERMUDA. THE JOB WAS FOR A ELECTRICIAN. HE WAS AN ELECTRICIAN.

HE TOLD US THE STORY OF HIS INTERVIEW.

HE WAS SHOWN A LARGE ELECTRICAL DIAGRAM WITH LINES GOING EVERY WHICH WAY. THE INTERVIEWER POINTED AT ONE SMALL PART AND ASKED FOR IT TO BE IDENTIFIED. DAVE SHRUGGED. HE DID NOT KNOW.

THE INTERVIEWER TOLD HIM IT WAS A LIGHTBULB.

DAVE GOT THE JOB!

WENT TO BERMUDA & I NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN.

WE WILL DRAW A LINE UNDER THAT.
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BUT YOU DON'T GO TO BERMUDA FOR THE ELECTRICITY. IT'S NOT THAT SORT OF PLACE.

VERY LAID-BACK.

ALTHOUGH I FOUND THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET ON THE WRONG SIDE OF ANYONE.

I WAS ON A BUS, AND GOT UP TO GO TO THE FRONT OF THE BUS TO GET OFF AT MY STOP.
THE BUS DRIVER HAD A FIT.
"DO NOT STAND UP BEFORE THE BUS HAS COME TO A STOP!!!!"

JUST ABOUT ANY WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD, IF YOU WAIT FOR THE BUS TO STOP BEFORE TRYING TO GET OFF, YOU WILL BE ON THAT BUS TIL IT RUNS OUT OF GAS.

ANYWAY - ON WITH THE SHOW ...

A COUPLE OF DAYS IN CHARLESTON - SOUTH CAROLINA.

TIME TO HAVE SOME GRITS, VISIT A PLANTATION, CROSS THE HARBOUR, WALK AROUND TOWN AND SHOP AT THE MARKET.

CHARLESTON - A NICE PLACE TO VISIT.

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A TRIP TO THE PLANTATION, BOONE IF MEMORY SERVES. AT THIS PLANTATION A GIRL SITS NEXT TO ME ON THE BUS BECAUSE THERE ARE ONLY SINGLE SEATS LEFT. HER FRIEND SITS TWO ROWS DOWN. TURNS OUT THIS PAIR ARE ON THE SAME CRUISE AS ME, WHICH DOES NOT START FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS.

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THESE ARE SLAVES QUARTERS.

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THE OLD PLANTATION HOUSE

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END OF THE PLANTATION TOUR & A BUS RIDE INTO TOWN FOR A TRIP ACROSS THE HARBOUR.

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I WENT FOR A BITE TO EAT AT A STEAK HOUSE.
THE WAITRESS HAD A BIT OF SPARE TIME AND WAS CHATTY.
I TOLD HER THAT ONE OF THE GIRLS AT MY LOCAL PUB HAD WRITTEN UP THE DAILY SPECIALS ON THE CHALKBOARD.
VIENNA SCHITZEL AND SURPRISINGLY, IT WAS STILL BEING BOUGHT,

SHE WENT AWAY & CAME BACK WITH THIS...

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IT WAS NOT UNTIL I GOT TO ITEMS SIX & SEVEN THAT I COTTONED ON.

SOMEONE TOLD ME THIS IS A SHARK. I THINK IT'S A DOLPHIN..

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AT BREAKFAST I WANTED TO ASK THE WAITRESS THIS QUESTION BUT SHE WAS YOUNG & I DID NOT KNOW HOW SHE WOULD TAKE IT OR IF IT WOULD EMBARRASS HER.

"SO - WHAT EXACTLY ARE GRITS? AND WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO KISS MINE?"

I TOOK A CAB FROM THE HOTEL TO THIS RESTAURANT, RIGHT BESIDE THE CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL. IT WAS ONLY A FIVE MINUTE RIDE BUT I WAS ASTONISHED WHEN THE DRIVER ONLY ASKED FOR FIVE DOLLARS.

YOU CANNOT GET INTO A CAB FOR THAT IN OTTAWA.

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AND THIS IS FORT SUMTER WE ARE PASSING ON OUR WAY TO BERMUDA

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SHIP AGROUND?

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SHIP AFLOAT? HOPEFULLY.

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TRYING TO SQUEEZE INTO BERMUDA SHORTS ... A VERY TIGHT FIT

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GEORGETOWN

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THIS IS AN UNUSUAL STOP ON A CRUISE SHIP ITINERARY IN THAT WE ARE DOCKED FOR 2 NIGHTS. IT'S RARE TO EVEN OVERNIGHT UNLESS IT'S A STOP WHERE PASSENGERS GET TAKEN ON.

HEAD STRAIGHT FOR THE TOURIST OFFICE & FIRST IN LINE ( MIRACLES DO HAPPEN - THAT'S A FIRST FOR ME ) TO PICK UP A 3 DAY BUS & FERRY PASS. HOP ON THE WAITING FERRY TO GO TO THE OTHER END OF THE ISLAND.

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AND HOP ON A BUS - THIS IS WHERE I MET THE CAREFUL BUS DRIVER. HE WAS NOT BEING NASTY - JUST VERY SAFE.

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I AM NOW ON AN ABANDONED TRAIN TRACK THAT HAS BEEN CONVERTED TO A WALKING TRAIL. THESE TWO KIDS ADOPTED ME ALONG THE WAY. WALKING HOME FROM SCHOL.

THEY TELL ME THAT IS SUGAR CANE BEHIND THEM - A LIKELY STORY

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AND THIS IS THE SMALLEST SWING BRIDGE IN THE WORLD - ANOTHER LIKELY STORY

I ALMOST GOT WIPED BY A CAR NEAR HERE. IT IS NOT THE MOST WALKABLE OF PLACES BECAUSE THE ROADS ARE SO NARROW.

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DIVING INTO SOME CAVES IS ALWAYS ON MY LIST OF THINGS TO DO.

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ROUND ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE ISLAND IS ANOTHER WALKING TRAIL. NOT MANICURED AT ALL. AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE & BUSTLE. NICE.

I MET A LADY WALKING HER DOG & MENTIONED HOW NICE IT WAS TO SEE ALL THE CHICKENS RUNNING AROUND WILD.

SHE DOES NOT THINK SO.

NOISY, NOISY, NOISY,

OH WELL.

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UP BEYOND GEORGETOWN NOW ... SOME OLD RUINS

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AND A BEACH. MAN, THERE ARE A LOT OF BEACHES IN THIS PLACE. LOTS & LOTS OF LITTLE COVES & BIG BEACHES. ALL SORTS. A BEACH LOVERS DELIGHT.

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BACK IN GEORGETOWN IN THE MAIN SQUARE. DANCING & PERFORMANCES..

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AND A WELL DESERVED REST AT THE END OF THE DAY. SITTING IN A PUB OVERLOOKING THE SHIP.

I SAT INSIDE WATCHING THE FOOTBALL ON TV. AT THE NEXT TABLE WERE TWO YOUNG GIRLS, 16 YEAR OLDS MAYBE. WITH TWO ADULT LADIES. ONE OF THE YOUNGER ONES WENT ON AND ON ABOUT 5 DOLLARS THE ADULT OWED HER. IT WAS QUITE FUNNY AND IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE.

WHILE THE ADULTS WERE AWAY POWDERING THEIR NOSES, I PUT 5 DOLLARS ON THE GIRLS TABLE & THANKED THEM FOR THE ENTERTAINEMNT

LATER I HAD A DRINK OF SOME CONCOCTION, RUM & SOMETHING, WITH THE TWO GIRLS I MET AT THE PLANTATION. I LEFT THEM TO IT. THEY DID NOT LOOK TOO SWIFT THE NEXT DAY.

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NOW IT'S TIME TO REALLY HIT THE BEACH.

STARTING AT WARWICK LONG BAY

AND HEADING WEST ....

WHITE SAND - PINK SAND - YOU CHOICE

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THESE PEOPLE ROLL OUT OF BED, TAKE TEN PACES

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AND IF THEY DO NOT FALL OFF THE CLIFF, THEY SEE THIS .... QUITE THE EYE OPENER....

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AND FOR THOSE WHO MISSED THE STOCKS, IT'S TIME TO GET BACK ON BOARD FOR THE RIDE BACK TO CHARLESTON AND HOME

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AN EXCELLENT CRUISE & ONE WELL WORTH DOING AGAIN..

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